The history of Bozhentsi, one of Bulgaria's most picturesque villages, goes back to the 16th century. In the 1960s, during times when rustic was often snubbed as old fashioned, Bozhentsi became the focus of careful state-funded restoration and preservation efforts. The biggest attraction of Bozhentsi are the houses. Bulgaria had its quiet Renaissance centuries after Western Europe basked in hers. One of the treasures the Bulgarian National Revival created is the unmistakable architecture.
I found the novel in a small and stuffy bookstore in a not so little village, located somewhere in the upper right corner of the map of Bulgaria. Charles Arrowby’s fastidiously refined choices left me seduced – the clean, simplistic rituals of his day, the invigorating swims in the cold ocean waters and the time spent in contemplation.
Obelus is a certified organic winery and the first one to earn this status in Bulgaria. But that’s not the most important feature that makes it so distinct. There’s obvious love of wine and quiet pride in the hard work that has gone into creating Orbelus. Not surprisingly, the wines, created by this labor, are sophisticated and intriguing.